Carter Center Statement on the Death of Khader Adnan and Israel’s Administrative Detention Practices

ATLANTA (May 4, 2023) — The Carter Center is deeply concerned by the death of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner who died in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison this week after an 87-day-long hunger strike.  

We condemn the use of administrative detention, a practice that allows for the imprisonment of individuals without charge or trial, often for extended periods of time. The death of Khader Adnan underscores the urgent need for Israel to comply with basic international law and standards regarding the treatment of prisoners and detainees. We call upon the Israeli government to end these practices and ensure that all detainees are treated with dignity and receive the right to a fair trial, due process, and proper medical care. 

The Carter Center also is troubled by the fact that Israeli authorities are refusing to release Khader Adnan's body for burial, along with the remains of more than 100 other deceased detainees. We urge the Israeli government to release the bodies of all deceased detainees to their families for proper burial.

Finally, we call on Israel to review its human rights practices to support the Palestinian people in their quest for equal rights and self-determination. 


Contact: In Atlanta, Maria Cartaya, Associate Director of Communications,


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